Thoughts on Marvel’s June 2018 solicits

After reading Bleeding Cool’s coverage of them, I’ve got a couple thoughts about what’s coming down the pipe from Marvel in a few months, specifically the handful of new #1s.

I’m really interested to see how the horror angle works for Immortal Hulk. I haven’t been keeping up with Avengers so I’m not sure if they’re already pushing this different take but it very much seems like a return to the character’s roots and having Banner back just makes more sense to me.

I can’t wait for The Sentry. I’ve been hoping for a book like this for years and having Jeff Lemire writing it seems like something out of a dream. If you’re not familiar with the character, I’d highly recommend checking out the 2005 series by Paul Jenkins and JRJR.

Ant-Man & The Wasp looks like it’ll be a fun change from the stuff I’ve been reading lately. I don’t know that I’ve ever been disappointed with anything Mark Waid has done, such as his recent work with Chris Samnee on Captain America. If he brings that same energy to this, it’ll be a home run. Ant-Man has been one of the more under-appreciated characters of the last couple years. With Spencer and Ramon Rosanas’s Astonishing Ant-Man series really setting a high bar, I hope Waid and Garron’s version delivers something similar.

Dan Slott’s debut on Iron Man will be interesting. His early Spider-Man was excellent and having a new character to write will likely have re-energized him creatively. I make it a rule to buy almost any new Marvel #1, the big question will be if it’s strong enough to keep on my pull list or not. Only time will tell.

Lastly, the Dazzler book sounds really fun, similar to the Black Canary book DC did a couple years back. It certainly help that, when it comes to the art, I’ll buy almost anything drawn by Laura Braga.

There’s not a ton of info to go on with just this handful of books but it seems much more organized and focused than most of the other Marvel releases recently. From here, they seem to be bringing their existing characters back into the fold in new ways.

What remains to be seen is how this will work longterm or what the fate of some of their newer creations will be. That will certainly be a tough line to walk but, to keep interest in their titles and characters and bring in new fans, everything will have to play nice.

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